'Bogus voting' in Khanyar: Following court directions, police begins probe

'Bogus voting' in Khanyar: Following court directions, police begins probe

The Court directed the police to initiate investigation into the matter and register an FIR if cognizable case is established. The court has sought the investigation report by or before February 14.

Police has initiated probe into alleged bogus voting in Khanyar Assembly segment of Srinagar in recent polls and if proved FIR will be registered in this connection.   

Police initiated action after Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Thursday directed it to investigate into alleged bogus voting in Khanyar constituency during the recently held assembly elections. Court passed directions on a complaint filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muhammad Khurshid Alam, who lost the election from Khanyar constituency. Alam has submitted a petition before the CJM, praying that bogus voters were used to cast votes during the recently held polls. 

“The directions of the court are being followed in letter and spirit,” a senior police official said adding that investigations have been initiated. “Thorough investigations will make things clear.”

The Court directed the police to initiate investigation into the matter and register an FIR if cognizable case is established. The court has sought the investigation report by or before February 14.

Pertinently, PDP’s Muhammad Khursheed Alam lost recent assembly elections to NC’s Ali Muhammad Sagar.

 “I had several times, via written pleas, asked the concerned authorities including the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar to delete the wrong entries in the voting list,” states the compliant.

While taking note of the complaint, CJM directed SHO Khanyar to investigate the matter and register a case against all those involved in the issue, including the electoral officer, if allegations are substantiated.

The complainant submits that in Khanyar assembly segment, 825 voters are either non-existent or have appeared in the list at more than one place. “Around 300 voters are registered in the revised voter list at more than one place, interestingly at separate polling stations,” states the complaint.

The complainant submits that there are at least 1200 fake entries in the revised voter list of Khanyar constituency, adding that a resident of a particular locality also exists in another voter list of a different locality falling under the jurisdiction of another polling station.

“Among the fake entries, there is sizable number of women voters who are allegedly being traditionally used as mobile voters in the city for many years now,” states the complaint.

“Each bogus voter is carrying more than one photo identity card issued by the electoral officers and hundreds of voters were registered in more than one voter list,” the complainant submits.

The complaint underlines that a woman registered in one voter list also exists in another list with same name and photo identity and the number of such double entries in the electoral roll of Khanyar constituency runs into hundreds.

“There are around 800 such voters who could not be traced in Khanyar constituency. These are actually non-existent voters. According to some people, this was being allegedly done by some people in the government for certain considerations,” the complainant alleges.

Station House Officer, Khanyar Nisar Ahmed said police has begun probe. He said police will comply with the directions of the court and will hold a thorough inquiry into these allegations. “We will submit our report by or before February 14 and if the allegations are proved, a formal FIR will be registered,” he said adding that the moment police received the Court orders, it started probe into the matter. 

(With inputs from CNS)